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All of Millie's IV stuff has been removed from her left hand. She thankfully didn't punch anyone during the process (ask her sometime about getting her wisdom teeth out). She'll be so happy not to have to look at the image posted above anymore. She covers up the six holes on her right hand with a bandaid. Apparently they tried to place one of her IV's in that hand after the surgery but didn't have any luck. It's a good thing they didn't, otherwise she would have been completely immobilized.

I know why everyone who meets her loves Millie (and her family as well). She's one of those people that makes you feel good to be around. She helps you find good in others and yourself. I read this in a book and think it describes her perfectly:

 There is something in Millie. There is a fire. Life can be cold and dark at times. Millie gives off light and warmth. You want to stand close to her. To warm your hands, and melt the ice from your shoes. To banish the darkness for a minute or two. But then when you leave Millie, you stay warm, and it seems like there is a little more light, maybe one candle's worth, in the world. And that is when you realize the fire has been inside of you all the time.

I love my Millie.


  1. Matt, How grateful we are for the purpose and joy that you bring to her life! and because she is happy, we are happy...and grateful.

  2. How true! I still love Millie and her family after almost twenty years.... They are such special, lovely people!

    Emily Rollins

  3. Thank you for keeping up these postings. They are really great to keep our family connected when we are so far away! We have loved reading them and it helps us love and appreciate what you are going through and gives us more power to our prayers when thinking of you. Thanks.

  4. Is it just me, or do I look like a giant in that picture. On a side note, I agree with everything you said.

  5. Beautiful post, Matt. I have always felt (excluding the time Millie didn't like me while dating Brig at Rick's and maybe longer ;) the warmth of Millie's love and light. Hope she has a better day today. xoxo

  6. This post is so beautiful. The quote fits Millie perfectly. Thank you for sharing!

  7. You're an awesome husband Matt. You and Millie both have a way of naturally lifting others. Thanks for always being a fantastic example.


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